so|na|ta «suh NAH tuh», noun.
1. a piece of music, for one or two instruments, having three or four movements in contrasted rhythms and keys.
2. (originally) any instrumental composition, as contrasted with a vocal composition or cantata.
[< Italian sonata (literally) sounded (played on an instrument, contrasted with singing) < Latin sonāre to sound]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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